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Principles and Practices in Arithmetic Teaching by Julia Anghileri

Principles and Practices in Arithmetic Teaching


Principles and Practices in Arithmetic Teaching by Julia Anghileri

The teaching of arithmetic in the primary school has traditionally been dominated by a focus on standard algorithms and this approach is now being questioned. Curriculum changes are taking place that promote the development of mental strategies, and provide more opportunities for children to develop their own ways of working. This book shows contrasting influences for change as leading mathematics educators from the USA, the UK and the Netherlands identify the way research is used to develop different classroom practices. In England, changes are taking place through a National Numeracy Strategy which is set to raise standards in every primary classroom while in the Netherlands, Realistic Mathematics Education introduces innovative approaches such as use of an 'empty number line' to support the teaching of mental strategies. This book explores why we teach in different ways, challenges orthodoxy, and sets the agenda for learning from each other.


...of considerable use and interest to teachers, students and researchers of mathematics education. - Equals: Mathematics & Special Educational Needs

About the Author

Julia Anghileri is Head of Mathematics and Principal Lecturer in Mathematics Education at Homerton College, University of Cambridge. As a writer and editor, she has written and contributed to several books in Britain and the USA. She is currently consultant to the National Numeracy Project and is writing guidance for teachers at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st February 2001


Julia Anghileri

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Open University Press


224 pages


Teaching of a specific subject
Educational: Mathematics & numeracy



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